What's on: 20 things to do this half term

Keep the family entertained this half term with our round-up of charity, community and family-friendly events taking place where you are.

What's on: 20 things to do this half term


BLACK PARK: Follow the map and find the spooky clues hidden around the park.

Answer the quiz questions and earn yourself a treat.

Join the fun all week from 10am-3pm. Maps cost £3.

LANGLEY: Get Active's holiday sports camp which will run throughout half term will provide sports sessions combined with challenging games, activities and themed arts and crafts.

Get Active's programmes are aimed at youngsters aged four to 16.

The camp, at Holy Family Catholic School in Langley High Street, will run between October 21 and October 28.

The camp's 8am to 6pm slot costs £25.90 per day or £155.00 for the whole week.

The 9.30am to 3.30pm slot costs £17.90 per day or £80 for the whole week.

Contact Gary Atkin on 01344 860868 or gatkin@getactivesports.com for information.

MAIDENHEAD: The heritage centre will be running a special offer during October half term so youngsters can use the Spitfire Simulator.

The centre in Park Street wants to encourage younger people to visit the Air Transport Auxiliary exhibition.

A voucher on its website will let two youngsters use the simulator for the price of one. The offer will run from Saturday, October 22 until Saturday, October 29 and it must be prebooked.

Visit www.maidenheadheritage.org.uk to download the voucher.

MAIDENHEAD: Arts and crafts sessions will be taking place at Norden Farm throughout the week.

Visit norden.farm for more details.

UPTON: The Buzz Kidz holiday club at Lascelles Park Nursery, by Lascelles Road, offers fun activities for children during the half term.

The club, running from Monday, October 24 to Friday, October 28 includes a range of entertainment including trips to Odds Farm, Pokemon Tuesday and Movie Monday.

For information contact 01753 539923, 07850 400186 or info@buzzkidz.co.uk.

WATER OAKLEY: Halloween-themed half term gymnastics classes will be running at Phoenix Gym.

Hocus Pocus gymnastics classes will run from Monday, October 24 until Friday, October 28, every day except Wednesday.

The classes will run from 11.30-2.30pm at the gym in Water Oakley Farm.

There will be spooky fun and games for five to 12-year-olds. Classes cost £20 each.

Visit www.phoenixgym.co.uk for more information.


ASCOT: Listen to a selection of stories at Ascot Library on Wednesday.

Super storyteller Stacia will be at the library in the High Street from 10.30-11.30am.

BURNHAM: Join in with some spooky science experiments at Burnham Library from 2pm-2.45pm.

Entrance is £1 and advance booking is required.

CHALVEY: A number of free half-term events have been organised by Chalvey Community Centre in The Green.

An autumn-themed crafts session is running on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm. A Diwali candle-making event is running on Thursday from 1-2pm. And on Friday, October 28, a Halloween crafts session is running from 1pm to 4pm.

For more details, call 01753 875413.

SLOUGH: The official opening of Slough’s first parkour park will take place in Salt Hill Park on Wednesday.

It will take place between 10am and noon.


ASCOT: Get ready for the spookiest night of the year at Ascot Library. Head to the library in the High Street for Halloween crafts on Friday, October 28 from 10.30-11.15am. The session is free but booking is required, call 01344 630140 for details and to book.

DEDWORTH: Spooky Pumpkin Carving will take place at Dedworth Library on Friday, October 28.

The event is supported by Tesco Dedworth and local PCSOs will be making pumpkin soup with croutons.

There will be storytelling, colouring and crafts.

The session starts at 11am and costs £3 per child, or £2.50 with an advantage card and £2 for an additional sibling. Booking is essential, call library on 01753 868733.


COOKHAM DEAN: Christopher Cromar will give an organ recital in Cookham Dean Church on Saturday, October 29 at 7.30pm.

He has performed in many prestigious venues including Westminster Abbey.

Tickets £10 on the door.

MAIDENHEAD: The living dead will descend upon the streets of Maidenhead next month for the annual zombie walk.

The not-for-profit event, run by volunteers from Maidenhead Live, the Rotary Club of Maidenhead Bridge and Maidenhead Round Table, will see participants raise awareness for the Number 22 charity.

Vicky Lunt, chairman of the zombie walk committee, said: “We’re really excited to be working with our friends at Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club and Maidenhead Round Table.

“They have a huge impact on helping us make sure everyone is safe and has a great time.

“This year we have chosen Number 22 youth counselling as our charity, due to the incredibly important services they offer in Maidenhead and the surrounding areas.”

The ‘zombifying’ will begin from 1pm and the walk itself will start at 5pm at The Bell pub in King Street on Saturday, October 29.

The Monster Mash ball will take place in the Desborough Suite from 6pm and an after party will take place at The Anchor in York Road.

Visit www.maidenheadzombiewalk.org for more details.

SLOUGH: A children’s Halloween party will take place at the Jump In Slough trampoline park off Dundee Road on Saturday, October 29.

Youngsters will be able to bounce along to a selection of scary sound-tracks and there will also be a fancy dress competition with prizes to win free trampolining sessions up for grabs.

The party will start at 6pm and will last for two hours.

Jump In Slough general manager Alexander Gillies, said: “We’re really looking forward to hosting the Halloween party here at Jump In.

“We hope to see as many children as possible come down and party with us.”

Tickets are £10 per jumper and entry is free for adult spectators.

There will also be a teenager's fright night at the centre tonight, (Friday, October 28) between 8pm and 10pm.

Tickets are £10.

Visit www.gojumpin.com/halloween-half-term-fun-slough for information.

SLOUGH: Youngsters will get to meet Mortica and Gomez from The Addams Family at the Queensmere Observatory Shopping Centre's Halloween Grotto.

Children are encouraged to put on their spookiest outfits and come to the High Street Shopping centre to have their picture taken with the creepy couple.

The grotto will also feature a fiendish face painter and a ghastly green candyfloss stall.

A prize for the best costume of the day, provided by Marks and Spencer, will also be up for grabs.

The grotto will be open from noon to 4pm and entry and all activities will be free.

TWYFORD: The night sky will come alive this weekend thanks to Twyford and District Round Table.

It will host its Strictly Come Bonfire and Fireworks Night on Saturday (October 29) on the King George V Playing Field.

The gates will open from 6.30pm and the fireworks will shoot off from 7.30pm.

Tickets can be purchased from Brightons Newsagents and Hare Hatch Sheeplands, both in London Road.

Visit www.twyfordroundtable.org for more.

WINDSOR: Enjoy French cuisine at a pop-up restaurant event at Holy Trinity Church on Saturday, October 29 at 1pm.

The church, in St Leonards Road, will host chef-patron Andre Cornucopia, of restaurant A La Russe in the High Street.

As well as a four-course meal guests can enjoy a cooking demonstration.

For details and to book email friendshtgc@gmail.com

WINDSOR: A Halloween Pumpkin Party will be taking place in the Royal Windsor Shopping centre from 1pm-4pm.

Come along and carve your very own pumpkin head free of charge and join in with the fancy dress competition.

Call 01753 797070 for more information.


BURNHAM: Slough-born X Factor contestant Nate Simpson will be signing autographs at a charity fundraiser at Burnham Youth Centre on Sunday, October 30.

The youth centre, based in Minniecroft Road, is hosting a fundraising fair for six-year-old member William Dobson, a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy.

The club has so far raised £30,000 out of the £40,000 needed to re-fit William’s home to make it more disability accessible.

The fair, running from 11am to 3pm, will include face-painting, a bouncy castle, fairground stalls, refreshments and a raffle.

For more information call Burnham Youth Centre manager Joe Case on 07948 623858.

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